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Language Arts
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The Language Arts major builds on the Elementary Teacher Certification program with its focus on all forms of communication — listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and visually representing. With courses coming out of both the English and Theatre and Speech Communication programs, students gain a solid background in “teaching as a performing art.”

There is a major focus on teaching across the curriculum supported by these integrated language arts and their connection to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences: linguistic intelligence, musical intelligence, logical-mathematical intelligence, spatial intelligence, body and kinesthetic intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, naturalist intelligence, existential intelligence and spiritual intelligence.

FAST FACT – Along with student teaching, Language Arts majors complete a senior project. Students select from a number of challenging options, the most popular being the creation of a body of Language Arts learning centers/games that can be used in their classrooms.

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Courses for this major are housed in both English and Theatre and Speech Communication with such courses as Ethnic Literature, Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature, and Teaching Creative Drama. Also available are a Theatre Concentration or an Elementary Language Arts Minor for Teacher Certification. (For more information go to Teacher Education page.) An important element unique to Siena is our course in Teaching Creative Dramatics where students not only study methods and theory but spend the semester working with children in our Creative Stages afterschool drama program. This hands-on experience cannot be found in other undergraduate programs.

Learn more about The International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta as well as Siena’s T.E.A.C.H.—Teacher Education Association for Community Health.


Language Arts students are eligible to join the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta as well as Siena’s T.E.A.C.H. — Teacher Education Association for Community Health.

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education

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Siena Heights University Main Campus
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI 49221